2011 was a remarkable year around the world for social movements advocating for peace, accountability and human rights with just some of the remarkable highlights including: the Arab spring which ousted dictator in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; the restoration of democracy in Cote d'Ivoire; the worldwide Occupy movement, originating on Wall Street; the anti-Putin protests in Russia; the formation of world's newest country, South Sudan; the death of North Korea's notorious leader Kim Jong Il; democratic reforms in places like Myanmar where Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will run in a bi-election.
For years to come, advocates and scholars will reflect on 2011 and ponder what this will mean for years to come. As we come grips with this changing political landscape, the opportunities and challenges created by these movements and the technologies that have helped enable them, we are sure to see advocates becoming more innovative, sophisticated and resourceful in their bids to promote peace, accountability and human rights.
Peace Geeks is committed to ensuring that we are helping peacebuilders, corruption fighters, human rights activists and relevant other groups to get access to the tools they need to be effective in reaching, supporting and empowering their communities to affect positive social change. Early in 2012, Peace Geeks will be working with Cairo-based HarassMap on an animation project towards helping to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment against women, which has reached staggering levels. We are also getting started on a project in northern Uganda working with an organization that helps to support and reintegrate women who have been affected by the LRA conflict. We also expect to be working with a peacebuilding organization in the Philippines and in west African that are focusing on reconciliation initiatives. Please join us as a volunteer or sign up to our mailing list to hear news about our latest project! We look forward to a great year ahead!